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top story scene across the country. dan ponce spoke with jim mullen tonight. dan? >> reporter: word is spreading quickly throughout the 41st ward tonight. jim mullen in the race for alderman. the current is ben dougherty. jim mullen is paralyzed from the neck down but he says that wouldn't effect his ability to serve the 41st ward which runs along the edge of the city. he is officially in the race for alderman. officer mullen was responding to a call when a gunman hit him one in his spine leaving him a quadriplegic. >> it's going to be a little different but it would put me back on the beat. >> reporter: he tells me he tries to keep on a positive outlook on his life. many high profile figures have spent time with him throughout the years. his wife hasn't left his side and looks forward to helping him throughout the campaign. if elected, his top priority will be to get more people on the streets. >> we're not policing out there. we're reacting to crime. we're not preventing anything. and we can't because we don't have the man power to do it. >> reporter: he also wants to focus on fis
de defensa "robert gates" y el jefe del estado mayor conjunto, el almirante "mike mullen".---en medio de la euforia parcial provocada por esta nueva etapa, los mandos a cargo de los 50-mil soldados que permaneceran en irak advirtieron que sus labores no terminan, pues en esa nacion sigue habiendo elementos escondida y temen represalia, univisión. >> gracias. >> bueno, así pasamos al segmento de deportes y nos acompaña nuestro querido félix hernández. >> no hay que hablar como la cota cotorra. >> se dice que habla. >> muchísimo gusto y a ustedes también. >> hoy día les traigo una invitación para una final que tendremos esta noche en nuestra cadena, además un ruso regresa a dirigir a méxico, también daremos un vistazo por el fútbol europa y nos pondremos al día en el campeonato mundial de baloncesto. adelante. >> arrancamos con el fútbol esta noche que se juega la gran final en el torneo súper liga. new england revolucion, ya ganó la copa en la edición 2008 y buscará su tercer equipo mexicano que levante la súper copa. en méxico, la directiva del necaxa agotó su pa
and gentlemen, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen. >> mr. president, secretary gates, distinguished guests, most of all families and friends of those we lost on 9/11, inside the pentagon, near the chapel, lies a quilt on display. it was stitched together by dozens of americans who simply wanted those of us who survived the attack on his building to note that day, our fellow citizens, would always remember those who did not. on that quilt are written these words by a little girl, "in our hearts, we weep for you. in our minds, we honor you." today, her words still comfort us, because today, we still weak for those we lost here and in new york -- weep for those we lost here, in new york, and in somerset county. we honor them with our presence and certainly with this memorial. mostly, we honor them with our lives, with what we have done from that day to this, the sacrifices we have borne, the laughter we have shared, the hope we have dared to let back into our hearts. unspeakable carnage was visited upon us here, but it did not conquer us. unimaginable loss was felled by
out that view is not shared by the general superiors. >> admiral mullen, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff in front of our committee back in february, said the following:. >> no matter how i look at this issue, i cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place on a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens. >> he reached a conclusion-- so did secretary gates-- reached a conclusion, this policy must change. because an election was coming up? secretary gates, a republican, decides this policy must change because there's an election coming up? of course not. >> lehrer: the issue will now have to wait until at least after election. the military's review of the effects of repeal is due in december. >> lehrer: and we go to "newshour" political editor david chalian and mark thompson, deputy bureau chief and pentagon correspondent for "time" magazine. david, lay out the politics of what happened today in the senate and why. >> i know you'll be shocked to find out that there was actually politics going on. >> l
mullen, us army reports more than 200 troops have taken their own lives this year with the army reporting 32 suicide deaths in the the month of june alone, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen calling the growing problem the emergency issue. on the same day, during a speech at duke university, this secretary of defense, robert gates touched on the troubling statistic. >> there are a number of consequences that stem from the pressure of repeated deployments, when a service member returns home permanently changed by their experience and that includes more anxiety and disruption inflicted on children and, most tragically a growing number of suicides. >> shepard: over the past week at fort hood, texas, four more veterans of iraq and afghanistan apparently killed themselves. jonathan hunt is with us in studio. give us the context. >> reporter: this is a major problem and a calling to the military, it is getting much worse, in fact, suicides within the army alone, doubled from 2005 to 2009, and take a look at these statistics, for 2007, to 2009 and they are suicides wi
with the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen, that the don't ask, don't tell law should be repealed. it should be repealed, contingent upon the certain fictions ocertifations of the p, the secretary of defense and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staffhat its repea would not have an adverse impact on military readiness, recruitment and retention. and those are, mr. president, extly the provisions that are included in the defense authorization bill. my view is that our armed forces should welcome the service of any qualifiedndividual who is willing and capable of serving our country. the bottom line for me is this. if an individual is willing to put on the uniform of our country, to be deployed in war zones like iraq and afghanistan, risk his or her life for our country, then we should be expressing our gratitude to those individuals, not trying to exclude them from serving or expel them from the force. that is why, mr. president, during consideration of this bill in may i supported the compromise provisions that were put forth by senator lieberman and senator levin. a
sponsors. along with getting healthy and learning to skate, mr. mullen hopes this program will inspire students. >> just the experience of kids trying something that they never would have thought of trying and they realize, hey, i can do this, so maybe that life lesson will roll over to some other things about trying new things and giving it a go. >> it's true. for many of these kids, this class has become something more. >> yeah, every single day i come after school like as soon as i finish my work, i come outside to the skate park. i skate all day, until i get tired. >> it's who i am. it's my hobby. it's what i do. it's what i like to do in my spare time. >> skateboarding. it's fun. >> skateboarding originated in california. surfers wanted something to do on land when the ocean was flat. they called it "sidewalk surfing." i'm tyler, and that's sports for this week. >>> you might have heard that college within expensive. your parents certainly know it. but that doesn't mean higher education is out of reach. nicole talked to insiders about how to make college more affordable. >> report
states. >> secretary gates, admiral mullen, and members of the armed forces, my fellow amicans, most of all to you, survivors who still carry the scars of tragedy and destruction, to the families who carry in your hearts the memory of the loved ones you lost here. for a nation, this is a day of remembrance, a day of reflection, and with god's grace, a dayf unity and renewal. we gather toemember this sacred hour on hallowed ground, places where we feel such grief and where our healing goes on. we gather here at the pentagon where the names of the lost are more forever etched in stone. we gather in a gentle pennsylvania field where a plane went down and a tower of voices will rise and echo through the ages. and we gather where the twin towers fell, the site where the work goes on so that next year on the tenth anniversary the waters will flow a stead tribute to the nearly 3,000 innocent lives. on this day it's perhaps natural to focus on the images of that awful morning, images that are eared into our uls. whose lives were taken s so cruelly. yet these memorials and youray esence today
and clicked. south carroll rolling with the spread, then mullen racing downfield in perfect position. he goes 40 yards, 13-nothing cavaliers. he looked left and then thought better of it. it did 5 yards and a touchdown, south carroll makes it 20-0. neck-and-neck for third time in the end zone -- they connect for the third time. the head coach watches the defense struggled. the dolphins' offense back to pass. he makes it work. how well is this rework -- regards, looking rather reagan- like? the extra point was no good. later in the third quarter, the fourth turnover. gerald williams punches again, 14-0 bulldogs. lawrence smith with a fully loaded offense, keeping it on the ground. jamal johnson, 14 tough yards up the middle. touchdown, don barr. makes it a 14-0 lead. terrance williams is fun to watch. dunbar runs away, 44-7. second quarter, no score. untouched from four yards out, 7-0 at the break. michael turner makes a couple of guys miss. he is brought down at the three, but the lakers take a 14- 0 lead and hang on from there. for more on tonight's high school football coverage, log on to w
are mullen and gates singing the praises of frugality? i ask you mort. >> yes, i was on the defense administration board. we looked at the management board. >> under ru feld? >> the politics are difficult because every base, extra base, we make our own glasses. >> you mean the states phi in? >> the congressman and senator. you can't afford it. there are extra military equipment that we don't need that is forced upon us by the states where they manufacture it. >> so congress is clawing at the budget of pentagon. >> absolutely. >> john, you know where you get the money? >> you have 701 ,000 foreign bases. american troops are going to start coming home from korea and northern europe and quite frankly because we can't afford it and the other cost is these two wars we've got going. and eventually, this whole thing has come down. >> the iraq war is winding down. secondly, afghanistan has a terminal date on it. this flows into a patent with no time to do it. >> i think they ought to do it. >> the money that fuels the empire is not coming down. secretary gates has taken some bold
, mullens is still calling ritenhouse a quote, person of interest in the murders of his wife and her friend. they were found last tuesday, one inside of the house, the other in the backyard. the prime suspect with two others remains valdemoro, shot and killed after a high-speed chase in richmond. and as for the ritenhouse, the d.a.would not rule out pose kbriblt that he could be charged in some way related to the two murders but at this point the d.a.told me there is still, quote a lot of investigating to do in this case. and so they say if charges are to come, this will come later, again, at last word, charles ritenhouse still in jail behind me. he has yet to post bail, but according to his attorney, that could happen any time now. live in fairfield abc 7 news. >> thank you. now, meantime a search continues in a pittsburgh landfill for frederick salas, son of one of the murder victims reported missing the same time his father's body was found in a hercules home. they fear there may be another victim. the search will continue through the end of the week. >> bay area religious leaders are jo
recommended "three cups of tea." >> they said, "honey, you ought to read this book." admiller mullen's wife, debra, put the book on his pedestrian side stand. holly petraeus gave "three cups of tea" to general petraeus and they read the book and contacted me. >> glor: the book, which details village conditions, is now mandatory reading among senior american military commanders. mortenson has set up three dozen leaders between military leaders and tribal elders. mortenson's work sometimes means tea with the enemy. >> in order to do our good work, we have to deal with a lot of shady people, and i-- i pass no judgment on anybody as long as they want to help get their children in school. >> glor: mortenson tells the story of trying to convince some taliban members to open a new school, a deal that was struck over a swing set. >> they threw down their weapons and for an hour and i have they jumped on the swings and had a glorious time. their turbans were flying all over the place. when they got done they said, "we're ready to build a girls' school." >> glor: mortenson said none of the schools
chiefs of staff admiral mullen was in favor of repealing it. we have a situation where americans are able to fight for their country but they cannot talk about what they are. although it has to be said if you go further down the ranks of the military, some are concerned they are not ready to deal with this at the moment. they are fighting two wars right now and the many servicemen are not comfortable with dealing with this issue -- and many servicemen are not comfortable. >> the pentagon is looking at how this might be implemented. you have to wonder when the next opportunity would be. >> it seems quite unlikely it would come up before the midterm elections. what some have suggested is once those elections are over in the lame duck session, after that it might be brought up again. it may be december is the time they will take to reconsider this. if the democrats lose badly in the midterms, their chances of getting this through are not as good as they did. >> the international quartet of middle east peace negotiations is calling on israel to suspend building settlements. the palestinian pr
. including general mike mullen and general petraeus. >>> pastor terry jones may have canceled his plans for burn a koran day, but he's still going to get a bill for it, a $200,000 bill, from the city of gainesville, florida, for beefed up security. he calls this ridiculous and says it would bankrupt his church. the gainesville, florida, pastor says he doesn't know how much legal authority the city has to force the church to pay. >>> a mayor has been arrested along with others charged for paying themselves huge salaries, some topping $800,000. the district attorney called it a case of "corruption on steroids." >>> and an english novelist sailed in 1912 claim herself new book reveals the truth behind the ship's sinking. saying her grandfather maintains that a panicking sailor who misunderstood an order sailed the ship near the iceberg that eventually sunk it. he thought it would put colleagues out of work so he covered it up. >>> how wall street kicked off the day -- the dow opens at 10,761 after gaining 7 points yesterday. the s&p lost two points and the nasdaq fell 6. taking a look at o
mullen stayed under water for four minutes in the olympic size pool. mullens can old four gallons of oxygen and hold his head under water in a single breath for eight minutes. that's about five and a half laps. i can't go all the way down with one breath. >> me earth. maybe four seconds not four minutes. >> every week news 4 star czar gets to sit down with some of the biggest athletes in our area. this week she got to dined with superstar nick backstrom. designee signed a ten year $67 million contract. we sure hope he bought lunch for lindsay in georgetown at cafe milano. ♪ >> reporter: you're from sweden, but you said it feels like you're coming home to d.c. you've oy been here a w years. you really like the city? >> yeah, i do. especially when i signed a contract for ten years, i have to feel like home. no, it's good. i like it here, i like the people herethe whole city, so -- >> how difficult is it to get over the language barrier? you seak very well, i know it wasn't that way for you when you first got here? >> no, it was hard. it was hard. we havenglish in school, but i was
to see clean renewable technology ♪ >> reporter: legendary star chris mullen walking around like he's not one of the greatest players of all time. he's looking through his home. is jabar in there? >> it's about flexibility, see the floor, hit the open man, rely on your teammates. i'd ask if he has a good left hand. he's a lefty, right? >> reporter: he is a lefty. >> go right. >> president obama, how do you like the job so far? >> reporter: what do you think he's going to say? >> it's challenging but rewarding. >> when are you going to legalize marijuana? ♪ what does it mean to win in afghanistan ♪ >> mr. president, you ever catch "john king cnn" high def? with my kid, pete? >> reporter: that last guy i'm related to him. i have to confess. >> your younger brother, right? >> reporter: that's my younger brother, thanks a lot. tell your dad i said hello, nice to see him on tv. what question would pete dominic ask the question? >> reporter: you and i talked on the radio, on my radio show today. i thought somebody should have asked the question about the extraordinary rendition case t
mullen, teaches at-risk students. here with me. he was the 2009 teacher of the year. national teacher of the year. cnn suzanne malveaux is with the president in philadelphia and senior correspondent ed henry at the white house. let me start with steve. steve, what's your sense of what the president is going to say and what value this is going to bring to students and, of course, not just the students across the country who will hear him but their parents and teachers, more importantly? >> well, it's typical, what he's saying to the students is, can you do great things and giving encouraging words. kids know this. they get that. they understand that. they don't need another person to come in and tell them that, no even the president. he needs to focus this speech on the grown people creating the conditions. i'd like to see him come a little more focused and say, you guys go to a test school pap school of which you have to perform at a higher level to get accepted. how about this? all the other students, promise you good schools because the ones you have are not working. >> let's start
chairman mike mullen. the president asked americans to honor the fallen by keeping alive americas shared virtues and values. from the pentagon, this is 35 minutes. >> the national anthem of the united states. nd playing "star-spangled banner"] >> ladies and gentlemen, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen. >> mr. president, secretary gates, distinguished guests, most of all families and friends of those we lost on 9/11, inside the pentagon, near the chapel, lies a quilt on display. it was stitched together by dozens of americans who simply wanted those of us who survived the attack on his building to note that day, our fellow citizens, would always remember those who did not. on that quilt are written these words by a little girl, "in our hearts, we weep for you. in our minds, we honor you." today, her words still comfort us, because today, we still weak for those we lost here and in new york -- weep for those we lost here, in new york, and in somerset county. we honor them with our presence and certainly with this memorial. mostly, we honor them with our lives,
or survey, but we've heard from admiral mullen. we've heard from secretary gates. this is what john mccain had to say in this debate. >> it's a blatant message of disrespect to our men and women of uniform if congress is unwilling to wait to hear what the force has to say on this important matter before pushing ahead with a controversial political vote less than two months before an election. >> i disagree with senator mccain for at least two reasons. first, we've heard from the military. we've had hearings with many members of the military, including admiral mullen, the chairman of the joint chief of staffs testifying it undermines the whole integrity of the armed services. he's talked to commanders from other militaries that have repealed similar policies and that he had every confidence our armed services member could implement the policy without any undermining of morale. this is something we've debated with military leaders for a very long time. also to mccain's argument. is this report that is due in december has nothing to do with whether we should repeal the policy. what the re
. the pentagon's top officials are right in the middle of it all. joint chiefs admiral mike mullen is said to say his deputy went behind his back on matters. and robert gates reportedly fumed about possible moves of mr. obama's security staff, which he calls a disaster. the current commander in afghanistan, general david petraeus is quoted as telling an aide he doesn't like talking to david axelrod. in the book, it describes axelrod as a complete spin doctor. and it talks about a cia 3,000-man covert army. and it has intelligence in a afghan president hamid karzai suffers from manic depression. president obama also takes politics into account, as he sets that withdrawal deadline for next july. he says in the book, a deadline is needed because, quote, he can't lose the whole democratic party. this is all based on "new york times" reporting on that advanced copy of the book. all this just breaking this morning. so far, no comment from the white house. rob and vinita? >> interesting details. emily schmidt in washington this morning. thank you. >>> and more shakeup at the white house. president obama
mullen, chairman of the joints chief of staff has also called the nation $13 trillion debt a threat to national security. he noted last month that the interest on the debt in 2012, $600 billion equal the defense department annual budget. >> bret: james, thank you. that brings to us the featured text to vote poll. here is question tonight -- what is our greatest national security threat? you can text your answer to 36288. type sr1 for national debt. sr2 for rogue nations. sr3 for terrorism. sr4 for unsecured boards. we'll bring you the results at the end of the show. up next, how the president's new economic proposals are playing in one battleground state. ahead of november's mid-term election. ñ÷ >> bret: we begin in ohio. for voters there it's all about the economy. carl cameron looks at how the candidates in the buckeye state are framing the key issue. >> reporter: since taking office, president obama visited ohio, the premier political bellwether state more than any other. ten times he's come to promote and defend his embattled economic agenda and blast republican opposition. >
the policy. >> the thinking has been that secretary gates and admiral mullen actually do support a slow transition to open service. but right underneath them with the service chiefs and some of the other senior officers at the pentagon, these very entrenched interests have been fighting against this policy. they know they can't win because almost 80% of the american public support repeal of this law. but i think the thinking has been and they've been very cleaver about this, that if they stall, if they delay, if they wait to see if the political environment changes, if the composition of congress changes, that maybe they can stave this off. i mean, if they're able to accomplish this, it will be, you know, a horrific fraud on the american people and really a massive failure of leadership at the pentagon, at congress and even at the white house because they waited too long. >> well, each night keith olbermann takes a fast-paced look at all the day's fop stories from politics to pop culture and from the mainstream to the oddball. don't miss "countdown" weeknights at 8:00 eastern here on ms
with military commanders including admiral mike mullen and david petraeus >>> terry jones may have canceled his plans for burn a koran day but he still will get a bill for beefed up security. jones calls this bill ridiculous and says it would bankrupt his church. the gainesville city manager admits he doesn't know how much legal authority the city has to force the church to pay. >>> the mayor of bell, california and seven other officials have been arrested charged with taking more than $5.5 million from the working class suburb. they're accused of paying themself huge salaries some topping $800,000. the district attorney called it a case of "corruption on steroids" >>> an english novelist whose grandfather sailed on "the titanic" claims her new book reveals the truth behind the ship's sinking. louise patten says her grandfather maintained that a panicky sailor who misunderstood orders steered the ship directly toward the iceberg that eventually sank it. patton claims her grandfather covered up the error because he thought the revelation would bankrupt the "titanic's" owners and put colleagues o
of the joint chiefs of staffs admiral mike mullen then head of u.s. central command, david petraeus and defense secretary robert gates "in 2010 we will not be having a conversation about how to do more. we're not going to be having a conversation about how to change the mission unless we're talking about how to draw down faster than anticipated in 2011" according to woodward's book and took the president's decision as a personal rejection of his counterinsurgency plan quoting the general as saying "you have to recognize also that i don't think you win this war. this is the kind of fight we're in for the rest of our lives and probably our kids' lives." the book also reveals intense in-fighting, for example, vice president biden reportedly calling richard holbrooke "the most egotistical bastard i've ever met." quoted it as a disaster if donilon became national security adviser and david axelrod as a complete spin doctor and discloses that u.s. intelligence reports, hamid karzai was diagnosed as manic depressive. karl eikenberry talks about him saying "he's on his meds, he's off his meds." bob woo
.s. vice president joe biden, defense secretary robert gates, and joint chiefs chairman admiral mike mullen presided over the ceremony. combat operations in iraq ended on tuesday. but about 50,000 u.s. troops will remain in the country until the end of next year, mainly to train and advise iraqi security forces. >> the u.s. mission will continue to transition to an increasing focus on civilian-led efforts. >> reporter: 60,000 iraqi troops and police will take over responsibility for maintaining security. >>> in washington u.s. president barack obama has met israeli and palestinian leaders on the eve of direct peace talks. during a meeting on wednesday with israeli prime minister binyamin netanyahu, obama condemned tuesday's hamas killing of four jewish settlers in hebron. >> the united states is going to be unwavering in its support of israel's security, and we are going to push back against these kinds of terrorist activities. >> obama said he would not allow extremists to derail the peace process through violence. in a separate talk with palestinian president mahmoud abbas, obama praised
and the joint chief admiral mullen both basically say the same thing. let me just put up a full screen of one of the quotes. this is from secretary gates. he basically says he suspects we will find some areas where we can make some adjustments and speaks, which i want to ask about using that word to enhance what is going on. i have not gotten a sense that any basic changes are likely to occur. tweaks. that sounds like small changes in a time and a war where it's been the deadliest ever. what are your thoughts? >> the strategy was to get out of there as soon as possible. it's laid out in bob woodward's book. they're working with limited resources and limited time to accomplishment objectives. the most compelling objective we have over there right now is to make sure that there is an afghan army and afghan police that can provide security that the people in the towns and the cities and the villages and the huts need in order for the afghan government in kabul to be able to exercise control and help rebuild the country as a whole. i think what we will see is shifting of combat forces to more tra
-- we were talking about it in realtime. you could tell. petraeus was boxing him in. mullen was boxing him in. in fact, you reveal that petraeus and admiral mullen actually lied to the president, cooked the books on a war gang seeing what would happen if you put 20,000 troops in there instead of 30,000 or 40,000. >> it's complex, but when biden's alternative of 20,000 troops was presented and admiral mullen, chairman of the joint chiefs just said, well, we're not presenting that to the president now, his vice chairman, general cartwright who had works on it with biden said wait a minute. the law says, as a member of the joint chiefs, i get to present my alternative view. obama heard about this. they presented it. but then they said we conducted this war game and it shows that it's not viable. and the president's in there saying, hey look. the war game shows that it won't work and then they push the button that no president can -- just the blocks of granite military come in and they say in no ambiguous way, if you do this, we're going to have mission failure. >> right. >> and no preside
own s destiny she wd,arne a view shared by mike mullen who said recently the most significant threat to our na dtional security is our debt. the debt now stands at 13 trillion and is headed straight up and as we keep borrowing we pay more and more in interest. in fact, net interest onl the debt will rise from 244 billion in 2011 to 916 billion in 2020. that means we'll be spending moren interest than on defense. paying for from excesses of the past tn ta future. >> the ability of the united states to project power to secu its borders to do all the things associated with national security depends on its economic strength and debts and deficits either way at the core of any economic strength. >> and the country's economic prowess is central to the standing as a military power. >> i think that's the single most important ingredient, the nited states can evenro militarily we project power abroad because of the ability du that we have to produce the goods an services that you would ever need to fight a war. >> as we did in world war ii, for instance. >> we ultimately ove our enemies becau
taxation levels and high federal spending. >> admiral mike mullen, chairman of the joints chief of staff has also called the nation $13 trillion debt a threat to national security. he noted last month that the interest on the debt in 2012, $600 billion equal the defense department annual budget. >> bret: james, thank you. that brings to us the featured text to vote poll. here is question tonight -- what is our greatest national security threat? you can text your answer to 36288. type sr1 for national debt. sr2 for rogue nations. sr3 for terrorism. sr4 for unsecured boards. we'll bring you the results at the end of the show. up next, how the president's new economic proposals are playing in one battleground state. ahead of november's mid-term election. my nasal allergies are ruining our camping trip. i kn who works different than many other allergy medications. hoo? omnaris. [ men ] omnaris -- the nose! [ man ] did you know nasal symptoms like congestion can be caused by allergic inflammation? omnaris relieves your symptoms by fighting inflammation. side effects may include headache, neb
. joint chiefs chairman mike mullen and gneral david petraeus wanted 40,000 more forces. vice president biden opposed any increase. the obama compromise was 30,000 with a pullout in 2011 because he said, i can't lose the whole democratic party. >> the president decided. he stood up f what he wanted and he push back agains even some of the most powerful player in the military. >> reporter: obama advisers richard holbrooke complained, the strategy could not work. so far it hasn't. the taliban still gaining strength. was there too much drama on team obama? >>n the white house you're constantly fighting with your colleagues for influence in the president's eyes. and it is not unusual that you ould see senior staff member fight over such a big decision as this. >> reporter: new revelation afghan president karzai is manic depressive and on drugs. today he denies it. experts testified on capitol hill that home grown terrorists might be the number one threat now. not fanatics from afghanistan. the war the president wants to end. mr. obama told woodward if terrorists stage another big strike lik
administration. joint chiefs chairman mike mullen and general david petraeus wanted 40,000 more forces. vice president biden opposed any increase. the obama compromise was 30,000 with a pullout in 2011 because he said, i can't lose the whole democratic party. >> the president decided. he stood up for what he wanted and he purchased back against the most powerful players in the military. >> reporter: obama advisers richard holbrooke and douglas complained the strategy could not work. so far it ha't. the taliban still gaining strength. was there too much drama on team obama? >> in the white house, you're constantly fighting with your colleague for influence in the president's eyes and it is not unusual that you would see senior staff member fight over such a big decision. >> reporter: new revelations from the woodward book. the cia run a secret 3,000 men afghan earl. afghan president karzai is manic depressive and on drug today he denies it. experts testified on capitol hill today that home grown terrorists might be the number one threat now. not fanatics from afghanistan. mr. obama told woodw
mullen said to study this, get a study in december, we were for it. there is still a lot of pushback at pentagon. >> a lot of splits on this. what is important about the vote here is it was not a vote on substance. not as if the administration calculated incorrectly. it didn't want a bill. it wanted an issue. that is why the three items authorizing defense, the gay rights issue and the dream act. on immigration. the reason that they oppose it not because they oppose all the elements but they want a vote on each separately. susan collins opposed it. and liger, a co-sponsor of the dream act which would legalize two million illegal immigrants who arrive as children he voted against the bill today because he wanted it separated and said that 15 other objections on the other issues. what the administration wanted on this was an election issue so it could accuse luger and others like him being against immigration, and against the gay rights. it was purely framing of a political issue. deeply cynical, legitimate and legal but done in a way where all they wanted was a political issue out of
. president obama attended the pentagon service with robert gates and mike mullen. the ceremony was open only to family members of the victims. president obama laid a wreath and made a plea for religious tolerance and unity. >> perpetrators of this evil act didnim't sply attack america. they attacked the very idea of america itself. all that we stand for and represent in the world. so the highest nor we can pay those we lost, our greatest weapon in this ongoing war, is to do what our adversaries fear the most. stay true to who we are as americans. to renew our sense of common purpose. to say that we fine the character of our country and we will not let the acts of some small band ofurders who slaughter the innocent and cower in caves distort who we are. >> the first lady attended the ceremony in pennsylvania, along with laura bush, led a commemoration for the 40 people killed on flight 93. that plane crashed into a rural field as passengers and crew fought the hijackers planning to attack the u.s. capitol. the first lady hailed the victims as true heroes and laura bush thanked them for helpin
with the military versus military. we have chairman of the joint chiefs, for example, mullen, saying his deputy is going behind his back to get to the white house. that is very interesting, you thinking those guys are not open the same page. or you think about the idea you have a special envoy holbrooke arguing that the plan the president is putting out is in the working and the vice president biden saying this is the the egotistical bastard and then blair is arguing with rahm emanuel who saying you are telling us things just to cover your butt in case there is an act of terrorism in the united states. and blair is fighting with general brennan, the national security advisor, over that christmas bombing attempt. remember that? how this is put forth to the public and blair is not seen as a member of the team or if line with the obama administration. >>shepard: the swlows saying we are happy about the book and the president's detractors are going crazy over it. it is like the last administration when a similar book came out "inside story," all of president bush's lovers and keepers and political
of the joint chiefs, admiral mike mullen, we heard leon panetta, the director of the cia, all say the same thing which is the sanctions may help give the united states some leverage, but it's not going to -- the sanctions alone will not force the iranian government, they believe to fundamentally reassess the value of the nuclear program. there are some who think it might lead them to speed up the nuclear program. >> the other point here is that recent reporting is that the iranians may have had some technical challenges, let's say, and that there may be more time and that the americanses may have persuaded the israelis, for instance that there is more time, at least nine months to a year before there is a real -- a real issue that needs to be confronted or should be confronted from their perspective. david, thank you very much. we'll be watching all of this up close at the united nations next week when there will be a major speech, of course, from the president, hillary clinton, and all of the members of the countries that are negotiating with iran or that want to see real negotiations wit
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